Zachary's Gold

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Status: Finished  |  Genre: Thrillers  |  House: Booksie Classic
When he witnesses the murder of an unarmed German soldier in a mud-filled trench on the bloody battlefields of Europe during World War I, Chaplain William Teller’s life is changed forever. Despite his valiant efforts to save the young prisoner, Bill fails and is shot by Lester Groggins, a psychopathic rogue British soldier.
After almost losing his own life to the murderer, Bill awakes in a British army hospital under the nursing care of Emily Esterbrooke, the woman who will become his lifetime guardian angel. After a short courtship and spurred by the death of Emily’s mother, the couple marry and depart for a new life in Fargo, North Dakota, USA, Bill’s hometown.
When Groggins is convicted of the prisoner’s murder solely based on Bill’s testimony, Groggins swears undying revenge. The killer’s plans come to a fierce crescendo when he pursues the couple aboard the S.S. Zuiderdam, the ship carrying them across the North Atlantic to New York.
Aboard the Zuiderdam, as it nears the final resting place of the sunken S. S. Titanic, Bill meets a despondent man who lost his family in that tragedy. Bill’s efforts on the man’s behalf create a deep lifetime friendship between them. A bond that will benefit Bill during future times of adversity that severely test the young Chaplain’s faith.
Tellers’ world turns upside down again after Lucile Novak and her young son, Zachary, enter his life most unexpectedly. The on-going story skillfully blends the ups and downs of rural life in North Dakota with the frightening malevolent legacy of Lester Groggins’ quest for revenge.
The exciting twists and turns in ZACHARY’S GOLD culminate in a remarkable Peyote fueled sweat lodge ceremony that is truly one of a kind.
A very entertaining read for mature readers.

Table of Contents

The Chaplain

Submitted: April 15, 2020

The Chaplain World War 1 - Flanders, Belgium   April 9th, 1918 A wiry young soldier plunged head-long through the da... Read Chapter

Military Hospital

Submitted: April 15, 2020

  Brondesbury Military Hospital, England   May 15th, 1918 William Teller wished he had stayed asleep because th... Read Chapter

The Chaplain and Emily

Submitted: April 16, 2020

The Chaplain and Emily   Emily watched Chaplain William Teller quite closely, as befits a woman who is gradually, almost rel... Read Chapter

Revelstoke Military Prison

Submitted: April 18, 2020

Revelstoke Military Prison, England   Two most unfortunate events had a huge impact on the young life of Private Giles Thist... Read Chapter

Married, at last

Submitted: April 19, 2020

Married, at last.   The Reverend and Mrs. Teller were in the middle of an intense conversation in the privacy of their first... Read Chapter

A Tragic Christmas Gift

Submitted: April 20, 2020

A tragic Christmas gift   December 24th, 1918 “Are you sure you’ll be all right, Norma? I hate to leave you on your ... Read Chapter

Danger in Liverpool

Submitted: April 21, 2020

The Mayfair Hotel, Liverpool   December 31st, 1918 “Oh, shoot, Emily. We’ve left the small carry bag at the train st... Read Chapter

Aboard the S.S. Zuiderdam

Submitted: April 24, 2020

Aboard the S.S. Zuiderdam January 10th, 1919   Contrary to Smitty’s assertions, Corporal Groggins was not hiding somew... Read Chapter

Arrival in New York

Submitted: April 26, 2020

Arrival in New York January 1919 Bill stood on the open top deck of the Zuiderdam with his arm around Emily as the tugs slowly ma... Read Chapter

Fargo, North Dakota

Submitted: April 27, 2020

PART TWO: Fargo, North Dakota 1919-1923   The beeping of a black 1915, four-year-old Ford model T announced the arri... Read Chapter

The Triumvirate

Submitted: April 28, 2020

The Triumvirate   Gus dropped Emily off at the front doors of the Fargo State Orphanage for her 11:00 a.m. appointment. He w... Read Chapter

An Unruly Mob

Submitted: April 29, 2020

AN UNRULY MOB   All of the western states in the 1920s were highly prejudiced against the indigenous population, blacks in p... Read Chapter

The Inquest

Submitted: April 30, 2020

The Inquest   “I’m sorry, Dad. Sheriff Gundersen says he interviewed Larry Polo and several others. Their story is they ... Read Chapter

The Trial

Submitted: May 01, 2020

The Chaplain’s Trial   After an uncomfortable night in the sheriff’s holding cell, Bill was taken to a small interview r... Read Chapter

Lucille Novak

Submitted: May 02, 2020

Lucille Novak Summer of 1924 “You can stop waving now, Zach. The other train is gone,” Lucille Novak said, adjusting her red ... Read Chapter

Good Samaritan Orphanage

Submitted: May 03, 2020

Good Samaritan Orphanage December 25th, 1924   In the kitchen, Emily worked over an old wood stove, preparing a Christma... Read Chapter

Zachary's Gold

Submitted: May 04, 2020

Zachary’s Gold   With his good friend Jackson safely aboard his homebound train, Bill decided his next task was to hire a ... Read Chapter

The Mad Russian

Submitted: May 06, 2020

The Mad Russian   1910-1929 Ivan wasn’t always a poor potato farmer. Back in his hometown of Saint Petersburg, Russia,... Read Chapter

Why us, Lord?

Submitted: May 08, 2020

Why us, Lord?   1926-1929 “I’m telling you, Mike,” Harry Cortez said. “This Teller asshole down in Washburn is b... Read Chapter

A Big Investment

Submitted: May 09, 2020

A Big Investment By the summer of 1929, more children arrived at the Good Samaritan Orphanage, putting a strain on an already thinly ... Read Chapter

Lucille Novak

Submitted: May 11, 2020

Lucille NovackEureka, California  1925 1929   Lucy’s feet were killing her. Her shift at Eduardo’s Coffee Café... Read Chapter

The Lighthouse Keeper

Submitted: May 13, 2020

The Lighthouse Keeper Stroma, Scotland December 17th, 1929   The first of the savage winter gales pounded the rocky ... Read Chapter

Washburn, North dakota

Submitted: May 14, 2020

Lucille NovackWashburn, North Dakota    December 22nd, 1929 Lucy wasn’t sure what to do next. After arriving at t... Read Chapter

Bent on Revenge

Submitted: May 17, 2020

MortimerLondon to Fargo   “May I help you, sir?” the corporal on desk duty at the Provost Marshal’s London headquarter... Read Chapter

The Mad Russian's Legacy

Submitted: May 22, 2020

The Mad Russian’s Legacy   Ivan Orloff woke up sweating and screaming. He was soaking wet with perspiration. The nightmare... Read Chapter

Forbidden Fruit

Submitted: May 25, 2020

Reverend Teller Forbidden Fruit   It was 8:30 p.m. Thursday night, and Bill’s heart was pounding so hard he thought it... Read Chapter

Climbing the Ladder

Submitted: May 29, 2020

Mortimer Climbing the Ladder   Mort Groggins stared down at Larry Polo’s peaceful face for a moment before he covered ... Read Chapter

A Secret Revealed

Submitted: June 02, 2020

Lucille Novack A Secret Revealed   Lucy was rubbing Bill’s leg as they drove north to Fargo for Zach’s annual eye ex... Read Chapter

A Big Mistake

Submitted: June 03, 2020

Ivan Orloff A Big Mistake   In late October, the Mad Russian made his first big mistake. His large stash of paper curren... Read Chapter

On Full Alert

Submitted: June 09, 2020

Reverend Teller On Full Alert   Bill and Zachary were busy totaling up the meager Sunday collections when the phone rang... Read Chapter

The Final Showdown

Submitted: June 13, 2020

Orloff’s Farm The Final Showdown   Ivan was delighted when Bill and Lucy showed up at the farm Monday morning with Zac... Read Chapter

The Slaughter at Orliff's Farm

Submitted: June 16, 2020

Reverend Teller The Slaughter at Orloff's Farm   A big meeting was called at the Washburn town hall to deal with the aft... Read Chapter

The Burden of Guilt

Submitted: June 17, 2020

The Burden of Guilt   “Wake up, Bill. For God’s sake, wake up.” Lucy cried, shaking her mate. “You have to stop scre... Read Chapter

The Treasure Revealed

Submitted: June 19, 2020

The Treasure Revealed   After Kevin departed, Bill sat, staring at the tree. He felt somewhat deflated after all the excitem... Read Chapter

A Honeymoon Delayed

Submitted: June 23, 2020

A Honeymoon Delayed   “Oh my God, Bill, I can’t believe this place. How big is Jackson’s ranch, anyway?” “I ha... Read Chapter

The Path Ahead

Submitted: July 01, 2020

The Path Ahead   The pain was gone, but it wasn’t. He was awake and conscious, but he wasn’t. Bill drifted peacefully in... Read Chapter

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